"It's a big challenge," said Officer Chris Mendoza, chief of police.
Especially when there are only two people to do it.
Mendoza works up to 12 hours a day- without direct backup, other than the sheriff's dept.
"It's a 24 hour round the clock type of deal," he said.
He may now be even more short handed.
Officials decided to put his only patrol officer on discipline after several residents filed complaints about him.
City officials say officer Mike Prado has been placed on a 60 day probation period .
During that time hell be specifically trained on how to deal with smaller communities like Knox City, with just a population of less than 1200 people and only two officers to protect it.
"If you will grab his hand and say hey, you might be able to do this a certain way or lets try this," said the chief.
Elda Martinez has been at the front line throughout the protests and is happy to see her voice has been heard.
"I was really excited to hear that what we did was not for nothing at all," she said.
Martinez understands the heavy demands these officers have- she just wants them to do their job fairly.
"Maybe the people of Knox City that have complained about him can give him a chance, but we have to see," she said.
Something Mendoza can agree with.
"Of course we want to you know a top notch job that we can," he said.
Officials say the decision to place officer Prado on probation was recommended by city council members at a meeting two weeks ago when the formal complaints were turned in.
The final decision was made by Chad Roberts, the city administrator and Chief Mendoza this week.